Skip to comments.Day 1 of Legal Pot Marred by Deaths at Alleged Washington 'Growing Center'
Posted on 12/07/2012 4:01:14 PM PST by drewh
The first day of legal marijuana use in Washington State was marred by an attempted robbery ending with two deaths at an alleged pot-growing facility just south of Seattle.
The possession of pot became legal in the state Thursday after voters passed a measure decriminalizing it in November. Day two kicked off with more celebrations under the Space Needle tower, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported, but the Pierce County Sheriff's Department investigated an attempted robbery in Puyallup at an alleged growing center foiled by a homeowner who shot two alleged burglars in front of his 9-year-old son.
Officers say they arrived at the home of the man, 35, Thursday to find two masked men dead on the floor and marijuana plants in the attic, ABC affiliate KOMO-TV News reported.
While the law passed in November made it legal to carry and consume marijuana, Sgt. Sean Whitcomb of the Seattle Police Department said cultivating and selling the drug outside of medical dispensaries is still a crime.
"When you're engaged in that type of criminal activity, there is an element of risk," Whitcomb told ABC News Friday.
The legislation leaves Washington in a "murky place," Whitcomb said. Smokers who have purchased marijuana from a street dealer are in the clear.
The U.S. Attorney's office in Seattle sent out a statement Wednesday reminding residents that pot is still illegal under federal law and cannot be brought onto federal property.
An ABC News poll released shortly after the election, 48 percent of Americans expressed support for legalizing marijuana.
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growing pot in front of his 9 year old, how libertarian of them
So you can smoke it, buy it from a street dealer, but you can't grow it.
“the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department investigated an attempted robbery in Puyallup at an alleged growing center foiled by a homeowner who shot two alleged burglars in front of his 9-year-old son”
They arrived and found two masked men home invaders shot dead. How does THAT marr the day? The homeowner saved himself and his kid.
It says he shot two perps in front of his 9 year old. I missed the part that said he grew and smoked in front of his child. Which paragraph was that?
You can eat it (tomatoes), buy it from a street vendors, but you can't grow it.
Grow Centers are the new stash houses.
Oh yay! We can smoke marijuana legally!
My life will get so much better now!
Little by little, we are changing the
world for the better.
I missed the part where the shooting happened NOT at an illegal pot growing house where the man and his son lived.
If he was defending his illegal operation from other criminals he should get life in prison. Clean sweep when there is a criminal on criminal shooting and the shooter gets put away.
You said he grew pot in front of his son. Was there something in the article that led to your assertion? You’re changing the subject.
They could have been trying to steal grandma’s fine silver, or the copper condenser coil out of my A/C unit.
“i somehow doubt that killing somebody for trying to steal something that is illegal, is legal.”
Usually not legal to kill for stealing something legal either. His defense will be two masked men attempting an armed robbery. His right to defense is even finer inside his home, with his 9 year old home with him.
Just because you are doing something illegal in your house, doesn’t mean you no longer have a right to defend yourself from violence.
It’s his HOUSE and his son was there with him at the illegal pot growing operation.
That is why I surmise that his son was with him at the illegal pot growing operation.
Because he was.
Great news that the two homebreakers wound up dead. Only thing that would have made the story better is if the dopehead homeowner had ended up dead too.
So you’re making it up. Thanks.
The article said his 9-year old son was with him and that it happened at his illegal pot farm.
The article says that.
He took two violent criminals off the street, and saved everyone else the possiblity of being their next victim, and/or the cost of trial and incarceration.
What's the problem?
I'm willing to bet that you are some kind of "dopehead". Booze, caffeine, tobacco, OTC or prescription medication.
It says he was growing pot in his attic. My wife and I do all kinds of things that my 9 year old doesn’t know about. You made an assumption that isn’t backed up by the article because that assumption supports your argument.
If someone broke into a NY house because they were thirsty - so the owner gave them a 32 oz of soda and he shot the homeowner, all would well with the killer because of the illegal 32 oz cups. Gotcha!/s
Hopefully the guy will be charged for the illegal pot growing operation.
lolz... if someone has ever eaten chocolate they are hypocrites for opposing legalized drugs!
And you probably wonder why people don’t take that seriously.
You do not lose the basic inalienable right to defend home and family because of the genus of your potted plant.
Yep. A criminal will always take what is available - what is illegal doesn’t matter to them. There is no telling what they really where after - just that they are after what isn’t theirs.
“If he was defending his illegal operation from other criminals he should get life in prison”
Yeah, neat concept until some gun owner is unknowingly in violation of arcane gun law, and shoots some home invaders who came to steal. And once again, another law intended for stopping drug dealers will be turned full fury against everyone else.
Every draconian law people suggest as a cool way to fight drugs turns into another tool for the government to strip us of more freedom.
No, I don't wonder. I know.
I would call you a hypocrite, but you would take that as a compliment.
One criminal shooting and killing another criminal makes it easy for everyone. Low hanging fruit.
No new laws needed.
It was so secret that these home invaders knew about it.
BTW, if they weren’t armed I guess the anti-gunners and civil rights crowd (if they were minority) will be going nuts.
It says “attempted robbery”. Thats stealing by force or threat of force. As opposed to burglary which is entering unlawfully and stealing.
Robbery is already something he can use force to defend against, armed or not. But unless some new peace fad has broken out, im willing to bet that two masked men committing a robbery against a grow operation were not going in unarmed.
eating chocolate or drinking a soda makes me a hypocrite for opposing legalized drugs that people KILL over.
Pot is legal there, there is no way this could possibly happen.
stupidity , that is society today.
turd pokers can marry, druggies getting high in public and growing drugs with teir kids there and we’re told to not mention social issues.
I remember a couple of years ago some idiot on here said he woudl have no problem a daughter marrying the father.
Society has gone down and those who stayed silent and told conservatives to shut up only helped America get to this mess.
BTW, For anyone saying I;m old and we’ve moved on , well I’;m not old , neither is my wife and my young children will be brought up with morals, traditions and they will speak up
Just curious - If my cousin in N.C. has his 9 year old cut and stack wood that he later uses to run his still - how much time in prison should he get for running a still with the aid of his 9 year old?
Well, you can always blame it on the gun.
If you think that there is no time that your neighbors would kill you for your chocolate or your soda, you are delusional.
Sort of short sighted for the Seattle bright lights IMHO.
Is the still anywhere near the wood cutting?
he better have a damn good lawyer and a LOT of money
Some more details.
The home was described as a “luxury” home, with a 6-car garage. The two dead perps were not known to the police, and they are trying to determine their ID by autopsy fingerprints.
The perps were dressed in black, with face bandannas, and though it was assumed they were looking for drugs and cash, that in the process they may have intended to kill the homeowner should not be discounted.
The still is on his property.
Follow up question. Two guys sneak onto his property, creep up on his still while he’s there and try to rob him. He shoots the two guys. How much prison time should he get?
I hear they turned off the elevators. Folks just floated to the top.
however much you get for running a still and discharging a firearm in the commission of a crime.
Thanks for your answer. We disagree. I’m biased myself too though. If the scenario was about a crack house I’d have a different take. Guess I’ll have to mull it over some more.
I warned some co-workers who live up in Washington of this very thing happening. It reminded me of the late 80’s in Michigan when bandits were robbing crack houses for cash, including some people from the law enforcement community. Guess those people didn’t believe me. Drug dealers make a perfect target for armed robbery.
Nope. Never drank, never smoked. Don’t take any prescription medicine. An occasional aspirin for a headache. I drink my share of RC Cola, which obviously has caffeine.
And I don’t equate my drinking an RC Cola to some degenerate brain-dead, dope-peddling, reefer-smoking piece of human trash.
“that’s assuming that the reporter knows her azz from a hole in the ground... i doubt she even knows she the difference,”
Yet, we count on this same reporter to dutifully tell us if the intruders were armed? Anyway, 2 masked intruders come inside your house, and your 9 year old kid is there. He’ll be fine. And i’m betting a Washington state jury will be sympathetic to a guy who grows in his attic.
This is how much the “War on Drugs” has corrupted even the very concept of freedom in the USA - we’ve got a bunch of Freepers who are actually arguing that this man had no right to defend his home from masked robbers because he had some pot plants in his attic. You get that? Grow a plant in your attic, and suddenly even “conservatives” think that all of your God-given rights like self-defense (life, liberty, property?) go right out the window. But as long as we make those dope-smoking hippies pay, f*** the Constitution!
Did you, also, surmise the son HAD to be in the attic? After all, it's in the house.
The homeowner should/may be fined and probation for growing it illegally (that's his crime) but you want him in jail for life. Originally, you said it was a farm while the article states attic. Why the need to embellish against the homeowner? Isn't it bad enough?
How can be for crack to be illegal? That means the “drug war” will have to continue. It will continue until the federal government is subsidizing handing out cocaine to elementary school students right before sodomy class.
“How can be for crack to be illegal? “
You lost me. You got any of them special kinda plants the government thinks should be banned?